The latest on Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Ryan Kesler, P.K. Subban, Cody Franson, Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron and more.
TSN.CA: Pierre LeBrun reports Joe Thornton has yet to tell the Sharks he wants to be moved, as he currently wants to stay in San Jose. The Detroit Red Wings have reportedly inquired into his availability…LeBrun expects things to heat up on the Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler trade fronts leading up to the first round of the NHL Draft in Philadelphia next Friday. The Ducks have interest in both but the price is high. LeBrun suspects the Senators would love to get back the first round pick they sent the Ducks last year in the Bobby Ryan trade but he doubts they part with that pick…Bob McKenzie believes the Bruins could shop a defenseman for a forward. He doesn’t expect Zdeno Chara or Dougie Hamilton to be moved…It’s possible a rival club could pitch an offer sheet to Montreal’s P.K. Subban if unsigned by July 1 but the Habs will match it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears Thornton is unwilling to accept a trade, at least for this year…The Ducks and St. Louis Blues are the likely destinations for either Spezza or Kesler…Johnny Boychuk’s been frequently mentioned as a possible trade candidate for the Bruins…The Habs will certainly match any offer for Subban as they have more than enough cap space to do so. The only concern, however, is allowing negotiations to stretch into July 1, thus allowing an opportunity for a rival club to set the price.
TSN.CA/OTTAWA SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray yesterday claimed he’s received two serious offers for Jason Spezza, though he declined to say which clubs made those offers. It’s believed the front runners are the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues. Murray’s asking price is said to a player who can help the Senators immediately, a top prospect and a first-round pick. He also said he won’t move Spezza unless he gets an acceptable offer. The Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reports there’s a rumor the Tampa Bay Lightning are also interested, plus Spezza didn’t include Toronto or Montreal on his ten-team “no-trade” list but didn’t bother because he knows he won’t be dealt there. Garrioch also claims the Nashville Predators have called about Spezza, and while they’re on his “no-trade” list, speculates Murray might convince Spezza to change his mind if he got a solid offer from them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t see Spezza heading to Tampa Bay, as their biggest need is improving their defense this summer, plus they’re deep at center with Steven Stamkos, Valtteri Filppula and Tyler Johnson. If Spezza is truly keen to leave Ottawa and the Predators were the only club to make a significant offer for him, I believe he would accept a trade to Nashville.
TSN.CA/SPORTSNET.CA: Darren Dreger reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have received trade offers for RFA defenseman Cody Franson but prefer to re-sign him. Gare Joyce believes it’ll take more than a rumored package offer with Nazem Kadri as the centerpiece to pry the first-overall pick away from the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Leafs moving up into that first overall position. Anything’s possible but it sounds as though the Panthers have set a very high price for that pick. Now, if the first overall pick was Connor McDavid it would be understandable, but that’s not the case.
ESPN.COM: If the New York Rangers use their remaining compliance buyout on Brad Richards, Craig Custance speculates they could use some of the savings to pursue Paul Stastny, Dan Boyle and Mikhail Grabovski via free agency.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports the Colorado Avalanche hope to re-sign Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly if the price is right.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples makes the case for the Oilers to shop David Perron this summer.
BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the Sabres need to spend $16 million to reach this summer’s anticipated cap floor of $52 million will factor into potential moves by the club this summer. Adding the qualifying offers to Cory Conacher, Jamie McBain and Chad Ruhwedel cuts that to $12 million with Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis left to re-sign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They can rectify that with UFA signings, but they must ensure they’re adding players who are going to do more than just help them reach the cap floor. That could mean Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers won’t be available via trade, as moving them means they’ll have to spend more to reach that cap minimum.